Vascular care team moving to C-U as of March 1

Vascular care team moving to C-U as of March 1

Group led by trio of surgeons practiced together in Peoria

CHAMPAIGN — Christie Clinic is opening a vein and vascular center with a five-person specialty team that will begin seeing patients March 1.

Coming to Christie Clinic are three board-certified general and vascular/endovascular surgeons, a physician assistant and advanced practice nurse, all of whom worked together in Peoria, said one of the doctors, Dr. Jennifer Ash.

"We're all really passionate about vascular care," she said. "We came together as a group and decided to bring it to Christie Clinic."

Ash said she and fellow physicians Dr. Ravishankar Hasanadka and Dr. Syed Hussain have done training and research together and hope to bring elevated care and new technologies in their field with them to Champaign.

Vascular diseases are blood vessel diseases that include such conditions as stroke, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, aneurysms and varicose veins.

Ash said the new vein and vascular team at Christie Clinic hopes to ramp up the focus on ultrasound screening for carotid artery blockage and abdominal aortic aneurisms for high-risk patients.

People at higher risk for carotid artery blockage are smokers, people over age 65 and those with contributing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol and high triglycerides, she said. Abdominal aortic aneurisms are more common in men and people over age 65.

Two procedures Ash said the group will bring to Christie Clinic:

— Carotid artery stenting: The carotid arteries on either side of the neck supply blood to the brain, and when plaque builds up, the opening narrows and strokes can occur. A surgeon inserts a stent in the artery to increase the blood flow.

— A trial for an abdominal stent graft system for treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, for which Hussain is the national principal investigator. The device made by TriVascular allows doctors to treat abdominal aortic aneurism patients who otherwise wouldn't have been candidates for endovascular aneurysm repair, the company says.

Christie Clinic officials say the new specialty care will be based at the main clinic in downtown Champaign but available throughout Christie's service region.

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